Friday
Jun122015

Rest Day

Our CrossFit Kids get to play a zombie game for their cash-out, thus learning important skills for the inevitable zombie apocalypse. You should probably be jealous.

News and Notes 

  • Our very own Mel L. penned a witty/intelligent piece about Star Trek and leadership for Idealist.org's Careers blog. Check it out: "What Star Trek Taught Me About Leadership."
  • We're still experiencing some plumbing issues and unfortunately cannot offer shower or bathroom services at 608 today. We'll keep you all updated on their status as the issue gets resolved. Sorry for the inconvenience!!!
  • SCHEDULE UPDATES: Yoga for Athletes is CANCELED this Saturday (6/13) and Active Recovery is CANCELED next Thursday (6/18). 

Liam M. Wants You to Buzz-Off 

Shampoo prices getting you down? Combs too complicated? Constantly running out of Soul-Glow? There’s an easy fix: buzz your head, and help out a great cause at the same time! 

The Boston-based company, One Mission, holds a fundraiser every year where individuals register as volunteers ($35) and then buzz their heads in honor and support of kids with cancer; kids who don’t have the choice to lose their hair. Those with cancer don’t just feel sick, they feel different from everyone else.  By shaving your head, in less than five minutes you can show them they are not alone and that others really do care (and get a t-shirt as well). 

One Mission takes the donations and utilizes them to provide programs and services that lift the spirits of patients and their families, helping the healing and recovery process and make life more livable during treatment and hospitalization. These programs include decorating kids rooms, planning birthday parties, having sports and beauty days, planning special putting and offering family support groups. 

If anyone else is interested in registering as a volunteer and taking a little… well… a lot off the top, let me (Liam M.) know using the email below and we can add to the ranks of the bald army at CFSBK. LiamH.Mulcahy [at] me.com

ICYMI: SAY GOODBYE TO THE CFSBK RSVP!

Dear Members: we are no longer asking that you RSVP to any class at CFSBK. We launched this program to help manage class sizes and better utilize our space but to make a long story short, it wasn't working, we don't need it and now we're ditching it. Please show up to any class without the need to RSVP. We thank our pious members who dutifully RSVP'd to their classes, you guys are wonderful. Please spend that extra couple seconds checking our Instagram account instead!

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The Spy Who Billed Me Atlas Obscura 
The Disease of Being Busy On Being 

Thursday
Jun112015

Snatch | WOD 6.11.15

Fitness: 3-3-3-3-3
Work up to a medium heavy and perfect triple snatch.

Performance: 80% x 2 x 5

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Behind the Neck Snatch Push Press + Overhead Squat
Work up a heavy load on the complex. This should ideally be close to or heavier than your best snatch. If you can't fully squat overhead then perform the push press and lower to your best depth and hold for :02. 

Post what you worked on to comments.

Introducing: Next Level Weightlifting Club at CFSBK

The Next Level Weightlifting Club offers Olympic lifting with strength training and mobility all in one. Lifts that will be performed include: 

  • Snatch
  • Clean
  • Jerk
  • Front Squat
  • Back Squat (high bar)
  • Press
  • Push Press
  • Snatch Pull
  • Clean Pull
  • Deadlift (Clean/Snatch style) 

Weightlifting classes will be held in two-hour windows. While there will be a start to every class, you are allowed to show up at any time during the two-hour training session to lift. Those involved will receive the week's program which they can either do during the training session or on their own times during open gyms. If you are unable to participate in class on a regular basis, you also have access to Coach Frank via email and can submit videos to be evaluated and critiqued. Think of him as your personal coach.

While there are universal weekly workouts, they can and likely will change from person to person depending on each individual's needs. All people are different and therefore require different things to be successful. At Next Level Weightlifting Club, we take that into account and make adjustments as needed to optimize progress. 

“Participants can expect to build a strong foundation focused around proper technique, mobility, and attention to individual weak points. Building this foundation will not only help lead to higher lifts but also set the base for continued and consistent progress. Moreover, by developing proper technique, mobility, and focusing on weak points, participants will become more confident, less prone to injury, and more consistent lifters. All of this giving you the tools for a longer, healthier, stronger career with the Olympic lifts." —Next Level Weightlifting

Typical Sessions Include:

  • Warm-up/Next Level Oly Yoga
  • Heavy Lift (Snatch/Clean/Jerk)
  • Light Lift (Snatch/Clean/Jerk)
  • Squats
  • Pulls/Presses
  • Mobility 

Class Times:

Monday 7:30-9:30pm
Wednesday 7:30-9:30pm
Friday 6:30-8:30am

Program Price Options:

3x/Oly $200 (Weightlifting Club only)
2x/Oly $150 (Weightlifting Club only) 

Please note that you have the option of adding on either a 2x/week or 3x/week Crossfit membership as well:

+2x CF Add-on $100
+3x CF Add-on $150

$30 drop in (non-members), $25 drop-in (active members)

REGISTER HERE  

Your credit card will be charged immediately at a prorated rated for the rest of the current month. This membership will then automatically renew on the first of every month moving forward until cancelled.

*All new members must reach out with their relevant experience in Olympic lifting before purchasing a membership. Any questions regarding this program can be sent to info [at] CrossFitSouthBrooklyn.com and olympiclifter88 [at] gmail.com.

News and Notes 

  • We're still experiencing some plumbing issues and unfortunately cannot offer shower or bathroom services at 608 today. We'll keep you all updated on their status as the issue gets resolved. Sorry for the inconvenience!!!
  • SCHEDULE UPDATES: Yoga for Athletes is CANCELED this Saturday (6/13) and Active Recovery is CANCELED next Thursday (6/18). 

SAY GOODBYE TO THE CFSBK RSVP!

Dear Members: we are no longer asking that you RSVP to any class at CFSBK. We launched this program to help manage class sizes and better utilize our space but to make a long story short, it wasn't working, we don't need it and now we're ditching it. Please show up to any class without the need to RSVP. We thank our pious members who dutifully RSVP'd to their classes, you guys are wonderful. Please spend that extra couple seconds checking our Instagram account instead!
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Wheels Up: The Fast, Bruising Life of Lizzie Armanto The California Sunday Magazine
I Can't Even Saturday Night Live
7 Weightlifting Poems That Will Get You Pumped Clickhole 

Wednesday
Jun102015

Back Squat | WOD 6.10.15

Fitness and Performance: 3 x 5 Linear Progression 
Back off a bit from last cycle and plan to hit your 5RM for 3x5 in week 8.

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AMRAP 10 Minutes:
30 Wall Balls
20 Burpees 

Post rounds and Rx to comments.

Nishi U. visited CrossFIt Recursive in Madison, WI with her parents who just started CrossFitting. Check out her recommendation for the gym in Travel Gym Recommendations (scroll to the bottom), and post one of your own!

Showers/Bathrooms Unavailable at 608 Today

We're experiencing some plumbing issues and unfortunately cannot offer shower or bathroom services at 608 today. We'll keep you all updated on their status as the issue gets resolved. Sorry for the inconvenience!!!

News and Notes 

  • Amanda Mc. wrote an article for About.com called "How to Start a Business With No Money," featuring our very own Captain Osorio.
  • If You Haven't Filled Out Our Feedback Form Yet, We'd Still Love to Hear From You. We have an online feedback form where you can let us know about your experience at CFSBK. We want to know what you like, what you don't like, and what you'd like to see in the future. 
  • The Spiking Tacos have their fourth volleyball game tonight at 8pm at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 5. Come cheer for them, as they are ranked 2nd in the "Social League" division.  

Beat the Heat 

By David Osorio
Originally posted on 6.27.2010 

You've no doubt noticed that it's getting hotter in the gym as we creep into our sixth summer at Degraw Street. This change of environmental conditions comes with some new responsibilities of which we all need to be aware. The two biggest risks when working out in high or humid temperatures are dehydration and heatstroke. Dehydration occurs when your body loses more water than it requires for normal functioning and heat stroke occurs when your body temperature rises faster than you can regulate.  Both of these conditions are very serious and can lead to sickness and even death in extreme cases. That being said, you can do a few simple things to make sure you're safe while working out: 

1. Hydrate! Drink cold water before, during, and after you exercise. We have water pitchers in the fridge for everyone’s use, and we encourage everyone to bring their own reusable water container but also have cups available if you forget yours or don't own one. Try to drink water at regular intervals. You want to be taking in more water than you're losing so don't wait until you're thirsty to start chugging. 

2. Listen to your body! If you're feeling lightheaded, dizzy, nauseous, begin to cramp or display anything resembling fever symptoms, it's time to stop, cool down, and hydrate. Sometimes during hard workouts we try to "push through the pain," but remember that putting yourself at risk in order to shave off an extra :15 seconds is both dangerous and contrary to why you're here in the first place—to get fit!

We also have ice in the freezer available in both cubes and cups that you can grab to eat, rub on your body (head, neck, chest, armpits…), put in your drinks, or throw at Noah. 

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask one of the coaches or post in the comments!

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Inextricably Linked: Mind and Body Strengthadopolis
This Is What Women Who Lift Weights Actually Look Like Buzzfeed
Do I Sound Gay? Queerscreen 

Tuesday
Jun092015

Rest Day

June Athlete of the Month: Micheline Gaulin

By Chris Fox 

It’s June, and the warmer weather chimes in with celebrating one of our chillest gals as Athlete of the Month. Micheline (Mich) has been doing CrossFit since 2009, first with a personal trainer and then in classes at CFSBK about a year later. It’s taken a while but she’s been on a tear as of late! Enjoy reading a bit about this 8am gal who recently completed her first full “Murph.” 

Fox: Hey Mich, congrats on being AOM! I of course I know a bit of this stuff about you but let’s hear it as if I didn’t. What led you to first start CrossFit?

MG: (Laughs) It’s pretty funny now. I was working out at NYSC in Park Slope and had been through a few knucklehead personal trainers. After the last one left and I had some sessions left I decided that I wanted to pick my own trainer so I didn’t get another dummy. I knew which trainer I wanted to work with but didn’t know his name. A day later I got a message from one of the trainers and I was furious. When he called again I very sternly let him know that I was not interested in training with him, thank you very much. Long story short is that I eventually realized that it was you, and that you were the trainer I wanted to work with. I felt silly for a minute but here we are now. Anyway, when you left NYSC to move on to CrossFit and asked me to go with you I was totally in. In fact I was flattered.

Fox: Yeah, you were pretty rude to me on the phone! (Laughs) Glad we figured it all out. Why did you want to work with “that trainer” and what appealed to you about CrossFit South Brooklyn? 

MG: When I saw you training clients at NYSC I could tell that they were really working out. It seemed like fun but was serious at the same time. I wanted to work hard and see results, not waste my time and money. When I first entered the Lyceum in the fall of 2009, I was sold. I thought it was so cool that there were no lights, it was a really sparse place to train with these huge gothic windows providing the only lighting. Only later did I learn that there were no lights because the landlord hadn’t paid the electric bill! About a year later when I left the restaurant I had been working at for a long time in order to open one of my own, I had to stop doing private training for financial reasons. That’s when I started classes. It was intimidating at first, for a while actually, but I believed you when you said you’d come to my apartment and drag me to class if I didn’t show up.

Fox: Yeah, I truthfully didn’t think you’d show up. I’m so glad you did and am so proud of how much you’ve grown both in the gym and outside of it. What was it like to start taking classes after working only with a trainer? 

MG: Like I said, it was intimidating. I didn’t know any of the verbiage, I didn’t know any of the people, I was insecure about my abilities (or lack thereof), and I really didn’t know how to monitor my training. It took me about a year but I made a decision to start taking my journaling seriously and do this right. I wanted to get better, not just pass the time. At the restaurant I’m the only CrossFitter and they all think I’m sort of nuts. When I developed a few friendships from the gym I became a bit competitive since I had people to compare my notes with. Susan P., Lauren S., Christina, and I would nerd out about numbers and a friendly competitiveness was born. The first event I attended was a gym potluck. Susan, Lauren, and I all agreed that we could only come if the others did. Well, the question of the day was “Are you coming to the potluck?” and once Susan said yes then Lauren and I had to also.

Fox: It’s been really great to see how the social side of CFSBK has developed for you. It really does become a reason to make it into the gym and to try just a bit harder. Fitting that as a restaurant lifer, your first gym event was a potluck. Tell us about your restaurant.   

MG: Left Bank is located in the West Village of Manhattan and we’re going on our fourth year now. The space itself seats 55, plus seven at the bar. The food is as natural and organic as we can procure, and all our meats are humanely-raised and locally sourced. Laurence, my business partner and Left Bank’s amazing chef, prepares simple food influenced by France, Italy, and Germany. We aim to be a place where anyone will feel comfortable—locals and visitors alike.

Fox: I can attest to how amazing the food is. You guys allow the ingredients to speak for themselves. I always describe Left Bank as a place where a first date, a marriage proposal, or simply a few drinks and food with friends after work can coexist perfectly. I’m so proud that you’re a successful restaurateur! Tell me about how you balance out such a demanding career with training. 

MG: CrossFit actually played a huge part in keeping me sane when we weren’t sure if the business would be a success. Opening a business is scary. It carries a lot of pressure. The constant fear of failure is there. It felt like if the business failed then people would see me as a failure. There’s also the fact that you don’t really have a schedule. It’s seven days a week, 18 hours a day, whatever is needed. I’d get home from the restaurant at 1am and be at the 7am class. (Thanks for the addition of an 8am class, by the way!) I just kept coming and wanting to make progress.

I come from a less-than-healthy family and it’s important to me to control my own health. When opening the restaurant and dealing also with some family issues, CrossFit became a constant in a world of insecure. Not that you’re ever in the clear, but now that we’re doing well and things are running smoother I can relax a bit. I take care of the money stuff, billing and receiving, and work the door, develop relationships. A huge part of the business is simply developing relationships and caring about people. I used to take care of the wine but gave that up. Nowadays I just want to enjoy good food and good wine with good people.

Fox: I recall you looking pretty bleary-eyed at some 7am classes. It must be nice to relax just a bit now. Tell us about where you’re from. How’d you wind up in NYC? What do you do besides work and CrossFit?

MG: I grew up in Toronto, one of four daughters. I’ve always been in the restaurant business and was doing pretty well in Toronto and actually bought a home there. I’d planned on staying but in 2002 I visited the guy I was dating who was in New York on a work visa. I no longer feel the same about the guy but am still in love with this city. I first rented then sold the house in Toronto and moved to 10th Street in Brooklyn that year. Outside of CrossFit and work I don’t do much. I like to travel but have nothing planned right now. I did do Paris solo for my 40th birthday, which was very memorable. Other great trips were Japan, Barcelona, and San Sebastian. My current favorite hobby is reading the paper in Prospect Park with Spanky. 

Fox: Spanks! The new addition has been fun to watch, too. Tell us about your little old man.

MG: He’s a senior dog and was adopted at The Humane Society of New York. I was looking to adopt and had seen a few dogs. I almost adopted a dog from Sean Casey but then they told me he hated men. A friend advised me to adopt a pet with no issues as it was my first. I visited HSNY and when they brought out Spanky, my first thought was that he was so ugly. He looked old, and tired. Of course as soon as they placed him in my lap all that changed. He’s the best and I’ve never been happier.

Fox: He really is a funny little dog. Plus, Team Spanky kicked ass at “Murph” this year! You finally own kipping pull-ups! What else are you working on goal-wise at the gym? What are your goals? 

MG: Oh my god—I’m so happy to have kipping pull-ups. Double-unders aren’t scary anymore either. I’m working on developing my capacity in the Olympic lifts, specifically the clean and jerk. Christina is at 105. I’m at 98 and I’d like to catch her. I love deadlifts since I feel so strong doing them. I hate burpees. Hate them.

Fox: Speaking of getting strong, you’ve trained for two powerlifting meets now—Tough Titsday and Iron Maidens. Can you tell us about those experiences? 

MG: They were super fun and everyone should do it. It’s crazy and scary and nerve-racking, but once you get to the gym and realize everyone is just as nervous as you it becomes a great experience. I really enjoyed training and competing and pushing my lifts into new places. Each meet has had PRs for me.

Fox: Last question. What do you think we should look for in a future AOM? 

MG: I guess I’d say someone who is a good rack-mate. Someone who is focused and pushes themselves regardless of the relative amount of weight, who cares about what they’re doing. And this is harder to put in to words, but someone who reinvents themselves through the gym. I know that I’ve gone through that process.

Give Us Feedback!

Your opinions and feedback are extremely important to us. We have an online feedback form where you can let us know about your experience at CFSBK. We want to know what you like, what you don't like, and what you'd like to see in the future. Information from these forms is discussed by staff so we can continue to evolve and best serve our community. Please let us know what you think!

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Gymnastics: The Long Journey Worth Taking The CrossFit Journal
After Water Longreads
The Brief and Tragic Life of Kalief Browder The Atlantic 

Monday
Jun082015

Press | WOD 6.8.15

Fitness: 3 x 5 Linear Progression 
Start light enough to add weight for 7 weeks.

Performance: 5/3/1
Use training max. Need a Wendler refresher? Check out these resources:

5/3/1: How to Build Pure Strength T Nation
Better Than Before: A Review of 5/3/1 Jim Wendler 

Post loads to comments.
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5 Rounds, or 20 minutes:
3 Deadlifts, as heavy as possible (work up in weight)
5 Strict Toes-to-Bar
270m Jog

Post time/rounds and loads to comments.

The legendary Jacinto B. busting through his push-ups at "Murph" 

Our New Programming Cycle Begins Today!

Training Cycle Dates: M 6/8 - Su 8/2
Crush Week: M 8/3 - S 8/9
Transition Week: Will be the first week of the following cycle, starting August 10, 2015

Cycle Goals:

  • Handstand/handstand push-up work
  • Snatch assistance work
  • Continue standardized warm-ups + gymnastics warm-ups

Monday: Press + WOD/Assistance

Fitness 3x5 Linear Progression
Start light and aim to add 2.5-5 lbs each week. If you make 5 lb jumps each week the bar will be 35# heavier in week 8!
Performance 5/3/1 (Use Training Max) 

Wednesday: Back Squat + WOD/Assistance

Fitness 3x5 Linear Progression. Back off a bit from last cycle
Performance 3x5 Linear Progression. Plan to hit your last Intensity Day number for a 3x5 by week 8 

Thursday: Snatch + WOD/Assistance (Overhead Squat/Snatch Balance in NFTs)

Fitness + Performance: Snatch, Hang Snatch, Power Snatch, or Hang Power Snatch

SaturdayFront Squat + WOD/Assistance

Fitness 3x3 Linear Progression.
Add 2-5 lbs each exposure. Back off a bit from last cycle. Plan to hit your 3RM for a 3x3 in week 8
Performance 3x3 Linear Progression
Plan to hit your 3RM for a 3x3 in week 8 

SundayClean and Jerk + WOD/Assistance

Fitness and Performance: Clean, Hang Clean, Power Clean, Hang Power Clean (+ Jerk)

Want to Learn More About CFSBK’s Programming? Check Out These Articles:

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What were some of the biggest improvements you made during last cycle? What are your goals for the upcoming cycle? 

Sunday
Jun072015

Power Snatch | "Isabel"

Power Snatch: 1-1-1-1-1
Work up to a heavy single. 

Post loads to comments.
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"Isabel"

For Time:
30 Power Snatches 135/95

Post time and Rx to comments.
Compare to 1.18.2015 and 11.30.2013

Rickke M.'s back art on display at "Murph" 

  • Happy birthday, Roosevelt M.!

Give Us Feedback!

Your opinions and feedback are extremely important to us. We have an online feedback form where you can let us know about your experience at CFSBK. We want to know what you like, what you don't like, and what you'd like to see in the future. Information from these forms is discussed by staff so we can continue to evolve and best serve our community. Please let us know what you think!

Drop Off Your Kids, Come Get Supple, and Don't Forget About Coach Frankie's Mock Olympic Lifting Meet

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Mister Lytle: An Essay, by John Jeremiah Sullivan The Paris Review 

Saturday
Jun062015

Crush Week WOD 6.6.15

Performance
5 Rounds For Time:
25 Calorie Row
16 Chest-to-Bar Pull-Ups
9 Strict Deficit Handstand Push-Ups 

Fitness
5 Rounds For Time:
400m Run
15 Deadlifts 155/105
10 True Push-Ups

Post time and Rx to comments.

Coach K Harpz considers whether she might pass out while Austin casually sips a Capri Sun, post-coaches' heat at "Murph" on Memorial Day | Photo by Thomas H.

  • Happy birthday to one of our favorite TFBA mommas, Ellie M.!

Give Us Feedback!

Your opinions and feedback are extremely important to us. We have an online feedback form where you can let us know about your experience at CFSBK. We want to know what you like, what you don't like, and what you'd like to see in the future. Information from these forms is discussed by staff so we can continue to evolve and best serve our community. Please let us know what you think!

Bend, Stretch, and Mobilize This Morning, and Get Your Open Gym On This Afternoon

  • Yoga for Athletes with Coach Whitney is at 10am.
  • Active Recovery is at 11am and noon today with Coach David.
  • Can't make one of our morning classes today? We're now offering open gym hours on Saturdays from 2-4pm. Meet in 597 today! 

Olympic Weightlifting Cycle Mock Meet Tomorrow at 2:30pm

Tomorrow at 2:30pm you're invited to see Coach Frank's Olympic Lifting Program athletes test themselves in a mock Oly meet. If you've been to Coach Jeremy's CrossFit Totals at the end of each cycle, this event is essentially its weightlifting equivalent. Each lifter will have three attempts at the snatch and clean and jerk.

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Jon Stewart Made a Brilliant Point About Caitlyn Jenner That Nobody's Talking About News.Mic
Laverne Cox Responds to Caitlyn Jenner's Vanity Fair Cover